Soul with a Capital "S": The Best of Tower of Power

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The crucial subtitle missing is that this is the best of Tower of Power on Columbia, not a career-spanning anthology that takes in their material with other labels. Since their most popular stuff was done for Warner Brothers, that creates quite a problem when you're representing this material in particular as their best. With the understanding that this disc is limited to their Columbia catalog, it's a decent selection, through chronologically haphazard, drawing from the '90s, the late '70s, and nothing else. For the most part it's competent funk, a little too heavy on the feets-don't-fail-me now braggadocio, as on "Attitude Dance." Yes, there are versions of their ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The crucial subtitle missing is that this is the best of Tower of Power on Columbia, not a career-spanning anthology that takes in their material with other labels. Since their most popular stuff was done for Warner Brothers, that creates quite a problem when you're representing this material in particular as their best. With the understanding that this disc is limited to their Columbia catalog, it's a decent selection, through chronologically haphazard, drawing from the '90s, the late '70s, and nothing else. For the most part it's competent funk, a little too heavy on the feets-don't-fail-me now braggadocio, as on "Attitude Dance." Yes, there are versions of their well-known "So Very Hard to Go" and "What Is Hip?," but take caution: these are 1998 live recordings, not the famous originals. There's a previously unreleased alternate mix of "I Love That Girl So Much" from the sessions for their 1979 album, Back on the Streets, and it would be a pretty heavy price to pay for the whole disc just to get that one track, even for insistent completists. Very Best of the Warner Years and the more extensive What Is Hip? remain far better best-of compilations on this band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998615526
  • Catalog Number: 86155

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tower of Power Primary Artist
David Mann Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Brent Carter Vocals, Background Vocals
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Bruce Conte Guitar, Background Vocals
Victor Conte Bass, Background Vocals
Barry Danielian Trumpet, Vocals
David Garibaldi Drums, Syndrum
Carmen Grillo Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Grove Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Michael Jeffries Vocals, Background Vocals
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone, Background Vocals
Herman Matthews Percussion, Drums
Nick Milo Organ, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Lyricon
Francis "Rocco" Prestia Bass
Norbert Stachel Tenor Saxophone
Chester Thompson Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, bass pedals, fender rhodes, Polymoog, Mini Moog, Arp Strings
Danny Hoefer Electric Guitar
Lee Thornberg Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Greg Adams Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom Bowes Vocals, Background Vocals
Bill Churchville Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Background Vocals
Russ McKinnon Percussion, Drums
Ron E. Beck Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Perez Alto Saxophone
Jesse McGuire Trumpet, Background Vocals
Jeff Tamelier Guitar, Background Vocals
John Scarpulla Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Edward McGhee Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Producer
Tower of Power Producer
David Mann Horn Arrangements
Paul Serrano Engineer
Richard Evans Producer
Emilio Castillo Producer
Alan Chinowsky Engineer
Biff Dawes Engineer
Maureen Droney Engineer
Ken Kessie Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Greg Adams Horn Arrangements
Ron E. Beck Contributor
Dave Eskridge Horn Arrangements
Fong Y. Lee Packaging Manager
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